Year: 2009 Source: The Gerontologist, v.49, no.6, (December 2009), p.746-754 SIEC No: 20110058

This study examined the suicide experiences of institutionalized veterans in Taiwan. Data were collected from 19 residents, age 65 & older, who had attempted suicide. Transcripts from 26 tape-recorded interviews were analyzed by thematic analysis. 5 major themes related to suicide triggers were identified: illness & pain, death of close relatives or friends, conflicts with family members, disputes with friends or workers; & difficulty adapting to institutional life. Some strategies for preventing suicide among these veterans are discussed briefly. (39 refs.) JA

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